Animated films typically kill at the box office thanks to the broader audience it appeals too. While some of them are pretty bad, there are others that manage to bring something fun and original to the genre, which was the case with 209s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Much like any of the animated films, or any film nowadays for that matter, when it succeeds it is only a matter of time before fans got another chance to visit this food frenzy world of science, but does it come to life like the food it follows?
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where the original left off with Lockwood's genius is finally being recognized as he's invited by his idol to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. It's always been Flint's dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids - "foodimals!" Most sequels struggle to live up to the original’s potential, but with this looks to push the levels of insanity even further and manages to be a lot of fun. Once again the animation is bright, vibrant and beautiful to look at with all the fun look and character designs of the original. What really makes this entry in the franchise be so much more entertaining is the clever animal/food hybrids they create. These creations are fun to watch in action and even more to see how they made them work. The film sports a great voice cast including Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Can, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, and Terry Crews who appear to be having a great time with these characters.
In a world of sequels it is always refreshing when one comes along that lives up to its predecessor. This one doesn’t have the originality in the story as the first one, but does make up for it with character design and all around fun. If you enjoyed the first film, then you will no doubt have a blast this time around as well.